I have just recently started treatment (1 40 mg Tecta daily) for what I believe has been a fairly long-term chronic GERD. I'm a 30 year old male and I believe I've been experiencing symptoms for at least the last several years, which include almost constant burping, throat clearing, cough, and recently even some slight swallowing difficulty. I've read about Barret's Esophagus complication and esophageal cancer from long-term GERD and want to know what are the chances of someone my age developing this complication from untreated GERD? How long would they take to develop? How bad can the symptoms of uncomplicated GERD become? Thank you.
Hi, Yes, you are right. Barrett's esophagus is a late complication of long term GERD. Individuals with GERD for more than 10 years may develop Barrett's esophagus. You have mentioned that you are 30 years old. Barrett's esophagus can occur at any age of life, though the average at the time of diagnosis is 55 years. So the chances of you having Barrett's esophagus at this age is very less. I hope I have answered your questions.
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